Beauty and the Bass: Eight Great Female Bass Players
This week's Guitar Girl'd column gives you the low-down on eight queens of the low end.
You know you have mad skills when Jeff Beck recognizes your talent when you're the ripe old age of 21. Australian-born Tal Wilkenfeld (pictured at the top of this blog post) fulfilled her dream of becoming a successful musician by doing what we all dreamed of in high school: dropping out and moving to Los Angeles to study the electric guitar.
She switched to bass within a year, and then graduated from the Los Angeles Music Academy in 2004. Now only 24, Wilkenfeld is commonly hailed as “the rising star of the bass guitar.” She has collaborated with a laundry list of crazy famous musicians including Jeff Beck, Chick Corea, Prince, Eric Clapton, Herbie Hancock, Sting and so many more.
Wilkenfeld is working on an album that is set to release this year. This quote from Jeff Beck is too sweet to leave out: “I have witnessed special moments in my time, but to see all those ‘dyed-in-the-wool’ blues fanatics and guitar freaks go berserk half way through her solo left me emotional, and that is an understatement. The word proud is barely adequate.”
Watch her solo at the Crossroads Festival 2007 in Chicago with Jeff Beck:
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